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AND

[Call to Order & Introductions]

I WILL GO AHEAD AND CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER AT 1 0 5 ON THIS FRIDAY AND WELCOME DEVIN AND MAUREEN TO OUR NEW MEMBERS.

THANK YOU FOR REPRESENTING YOUR, OUR PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS.

ALL RIGHT.

WITH THE ABSENCE OF CITIZENS COMMUNICATION, WE'LL MOVE

[Consider Approval of Minutes for September 10, 2021 CAN Board meeting. (Action Item)]

ON TO, UM, THE ACTION OF APPROVING OUR MINUTES FROM THE LAST BOARD MEETING.

UM, I WOULD TAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THOSE THOSE MINUTES.

NORA, DID YOU RAISE YOUR HAND? OKAY.

THANKS NORA.

AND A SECOND.

THANKS AMY.

APPRECIATE IT.

UM, UH, ANY DISCUSSION OR CORRECTIONS THAT NEED TO BE MADE TO THOSE MINUTES? I JUST, I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I APPRECIATE HAVING THE DETAIL IN THE MINUTES TO REMIND ME OF ALL THE FABULOUS THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT.

THANK YOU.

CAN'T STAFF.

AND, UM, AND I'LL NOTE THAT, UM, THERE WERE A COUPLE OF MINOR CHANGES AND, UM, THAT WERE EMAILED TO US MORE KIND OF GRAMMATICAL AND JUST CLEANED UP STUFF.

SO THAT'S WHY THE MINUTES A VERSION TO THAT VERSION.

SO JUST FYI, IT'S JUST A COUPLE OF, COUPLE OF MINOR CHANGES.

PERFECT.

THANKS ROLE.

AND I AGREE NORA, THE MINUTES ARE, ARE REALLY COMPREHENSIVE AND KEEP US ON TRACK.

SO THANK YOU FOLKS.

I'M HEARING NO OBJECTIONS TO APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

THE MINUTES ARE APPROVED.

UM,

[Community Council Update]

NEXT I WILL PASS THE MIC TO NANCY GILLIAM.

OUR CON CAN COMMUNITY COUNCIL, CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

AND YOU'RE RIGHT.

IT IS A GORGEOUS FRIDAY.

I FEEL KIND OF GUILTY THAT I'M SITTING IN MY LIVING ROOM WORKING, BUT AT LEAST I HAVE A WINDOW.

SO, UM, COMMUNITY COUNCILS CONTINUING TO MAKE PROGRESS ON IT'S THREE DIFFERENT INITIATIVES.

THE STUDENT SECURITY GROUP IS ACTUALLY WORKING ON FINISHING UP AND FINALIZING THEIR REPORT.

AND I KNOW THAT THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE A CANNED BOARD MEETING TO OBSERVE THEM, BUT WE WILL GET THEM OUT AND ABOUT FOR COMMENTS AND STUFF, AS SOON AS THEY GET THAT REPORT FINISHED.

UM, LAST YEAH, LAST MONTH SEPTEMBER, WE HAD OUR SECOND IN OUR SERIES OF THREE MEETINGS ON MENTAL HEALTH.

WE HAD A PRESENTATION BY, UM, AMY, RACHEL AND DANIELLA BROWN THAT DISCUSS TRAUMA AND COMPARE THE FOOD INSECURITY AS WELL AS HOUSING INSECURITY TO TIE THE THREE TOPICS TOGETHER.

AND I THINK IT WAS A VERY INFORMATIVE MEETING TO KIND OF LOOK AT HOW, HOW EVENTS AND THE TRAUMATIC EVENTS AND THINGS LIKE COVID, BUT ALSO THINGS LIKE A DIVORCE IN YOUR FAMILY IMPACT THE MENTAL HEALTH STATE.

AND IT WAS A GOOD INTRO PRESENTATION.

NORA ALSO PRESENTED AND GAVE US INFORMATION ON, UM, THE COMMUNICATION AND THE REALLY WORKING ON GETTING OUT THE MESSAGE ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND TRYING TO REALLY WORK ON REDUCING STIGMA AND THAT PUBLIC CAMPAIGN.

AND I'M HOPING NORELL PROVIDE SOME MORE INFORMATION AND KIND OF A DESCRIPTION OF IT, BUT THAT WAS ALSO PRESENTED TO THE KANG COMMUNITY COUNCIL LAST MONTH.

AND THIS MONTH WE ARE HAVING THE FINAL OF THE THREE MEETINGS ON MENTAL HEALTH AND THEY'RE GOING TO ALSO BE INFORMATIVE AND HELP REALLY TIE A BOW AND A RIBBON SO WE CAN WORK ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT COMES OUT OF THAT.

UM, NORA, DO YOU WANT TO GIVE A LITTLE DESCRIPTION? UM, I ACTUALLY JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I WAS SO IMPRESSED BY THE TRAUMA INFORMED CARE PRESENTATION THAT YOUR COLLEAGUES MADE.

NANCY.

I WAS SO IMPRESSED THAT I HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGING THEM TO MAKE PRESENTATIONS TO OTHER, UH, ORGANIZATIONS SO THAT THERE'S MUCH MORE FAMILIARITY IN THE COMMUNITY ABOUT TRAUMA INFORMED CARE AND HOW IT ACTUALLY FOCUSED ON THE INDIVIDUAL.

YOU TAKE THEM WHEREVER THEY ARE AND YOU DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO HELP THEM MOVE FORWARD, TO RESOLVE IN WHATEVER WAY, THE TRAUMA THAT IS AFFECTING THEIR LIVES.

SO I WAS TRULY IMPRESSED AND, UM, WE'D LOVE FOR ALL OF US TO SEE IT AT SOME POINT, MAYBE THAT'LL BE A RECOMMENDATION.

YEAH, THAT WAS A REALLY GOOD PRESENTATION.

AND THEY ACTUALLY PROVIDED SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON GOING ON IN SOME OTHER CITIES THAT ARE REALLY WORKING IN LOOKING AT TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE TO SPREAD THE WORD INTO THE SPREAD, THE UNDERSTANDING BECAUSE TO ME, TRAUMA INFORMED CARE AND I, AND IT WAS, IT WAS TWO COLLEAGUES THAT I WORKED WITH AT THE TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS THAT ARE WORKING ON TRAUMA INFORMED CARE TO COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS ACROSS THE STATE.

AND IT'S REALLY MADE ME

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SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY THAN I DID BEFORE I STARTED TO LEARN ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT HELPED EXPLAIN WHY PEOPLE REACT IN AND HOW THINGS THAT WE DO IN OUR DAY-TO-DAY INTERACTIONS CAN ACTUALLY BE TRIGGERED.

IT WAS ACTUALLY, IT ISN'T REALLY GOOD PRESENTATION AND A REALLY GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN SECOND, THAT'S IT FOR MY UPDATE.

THANKS NANCY.

THANKS NORA.

WE APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL IS PUTTING FORWARD AS A LEARNING COMMUNITY.

REALLY THINKING ABOUT ISSUES OF MENTAL WELLNESS, THINKING ABOUT FUTURE FOOD INSECURITY, THINKING ABOUT OUR HOUSING.

UM, SO WE'LL APPRECIATE SEEING THOSE OTHER COUPLE OF REPORTS COME OUT AS THEY'RE RELEASED AS WELL.

AND I KNOW THAT, UM, YOUR WORK PRESENTS SOME OPPORTUNITIES TO CREATE SOME THROUGH-LINES ALSO AT OUR, AT OUR REGIONAL SUMMIT TWO, SINCE YOU CAN MAKE A QUICK COMMENT, FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WANTED TO THANK DAVID EVANS.

HE'S BEEN AN ADVISOR TO OUR MENTAL HEALTH WORK GROUP AND BRIEFED US AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS.

AND WE CHECKED IN WITH HIM ALONG THE WAY, AND HE'S GIVEN US SOME GOOD ADVICE HERE AS WE'RE WRAPPING UP OUR WORK.

AND, UH, THE PRESENTATION WE HAVE MONDAY IS GOING TO BE, AS NANCY SAID, DEALING WITH SOME, SOME BLUE SANDS THAT ARE AROUND TECHNOLOGY AND ACCESS, BUT WE'RE ALSO GOING TO HAVE A PRESENTATION BY FOLKS FROM, UH, DELL MEDICAL SCHOOL AND THE HOG FOUNDATION.

SO CERTAINLY I MENTIONED THAT TO YOU.

I KNOW HOG IS AFFILIATED WITH YOUR UNIT THERE.

WE CERTAINLY WANT TO INVITE YOU TO COME WITH YOU CAN, I KNOW THOSE EVENING MEETINGS ARE HARD, BUT I JUST WANTED TO MENTION THAT'S THE NEXT PANEL AND THESE CONNECTIONS WITH THE, WITH THE CAN, UH, MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

AND I'M HOPING THAT MAYBE THE GROUP THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT IS THE CC CCMH GROUP WITH POPULATION HEALTH AT DELL TWO WITH DR.

VIRGINIA BROWN.

SO IF IT'S NOT, I HAVE ANOTHER CONNECTION FOR YOU.

NO, THIS IS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY.

IT'S FOCUSING ON YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH.

GOTCHA.

THANK YOU TO REITERATE THAT DAVID EVANS HAS BEEN INDISPENSABLE TO US IN THIS WORK AND WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR HIS GUIDANCE.

AND I APOLOGIZE FOR FORGETTING TO MENTION IT BECAUSE IF IT'S A FRIDAY AFTERNOON, YOU HAVE BEEN CRITICAL TO THIS TO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

BUT OF COURSE, YOU'RE TOO KIND.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, DAVID.

THANK YOU FOR, FOR PROVIDING THAT FOUNDATIONAL SUPPORT FOR THIS GROUP TO DO THEIR WORK.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

UM, WITH THAT I KNOW ROLL.

WE ARE GOING TO SPEND

[Central Texas Regional Summit Update]

THE BULK OF OUR TIME SORT OF ON OUR REGIONAL SUMMIT IN PFLUGERVILLE RIGHT NOW, UM, TO TALK ABOUT SORT OF THE PLANS COMING FORTH.

SO THANK YOU CAM COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR, FOR, FOR DOING THIS, DOING THIS REALLY IMPORTANT WORK.

UM, BEFORE WE GREET OUR FRIENDS FROM PFLUGERVILLE, RACHEL, I REALLY WANTED TO HAVE REBEL.

YOU GIVE SORT OF OUR LATEST UPDATES ON LIKE THE INS AND OUTS OF THE REGIONAL SUMMIT, UH, WHERE WE ARE ALSO WITH ATTENDEES AND WHAT WE AS CAN PARTNERS NEED TO DO TO GET THE RIGHT FOLKS IN THE ROOM TO, TO LISTEN TO THIS REALLY ROBUST CONVERSATION THAT'S BEING PUT TOGETHER.

AND, UM, AND TAMRA THEN AFTER I, WELL, I WOULD REALLY LIKE YOU TO SORT OF TALK ABOUT, UM, YOU KNOW, INTRODUCE US TO THIS IDEA OF REALLY REGIONAL SUMMIT AS WE LOOK, UH, AT THIS CONVERSATION ABOUT ECONOMIC DIVERSITY, UH, ECONOMIC RECOVERY, INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC RECOVERY, AND A WORKFORCE.

UM, SO YEAH, ROLL.

IF YOU CAN GIVE US THE, THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, HOW, AND ALL THE DETAILS WE NEED TO KNOW TO BE GOOD PARTNERS.

GREAT.

WELL THANK YOU, UM, TO, AND EVERYONE FOR JOINING US TODAY ON A BEAUTIFUL FRIDAY, SO WE'LL TRY TO BE EFFICIENT, RIGHT.

UH, IN OUR REPORTS AND, UM, AND REALLY, IT'S KIND OF A, IT'S AN EXCITING TIME, JUST KIND OF LIKE, YOU KNOW, AS WE PIVOT FROM, YOU KNOW, PANDEMIC RESPONSE RIGHT.

TO KIND OF RECOVERY, RIGHT.

AND IT DOESN'T MEAN THERE'S STILL NOT A LOT OF PANDEMIC RELATED WORK.

UM, BUT THAT AT LEAST WE SEEM TO HAVE SOME BANDWIDTH, RIGHT.

TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THE PIVOT AND THE SHIFT.

UM, AND SO, UM, SO I THINK IT'S A GOOD BALANCE, YOU KNOW, TO KIND OF ADDRESS, UH, YOU KNOW, SOME OF THESE, UH, OVERARCHING NEEDS AND DISCONNECTED WITH, UM, WHERE DO WE GO NOW, YOU KNOW, GIVEN WHERE WE'RE AT.

AND SO IT'S, UM, SO JUST A COUPLE, A COUPLE OF THINGS, UM, WE ARE GONNA BE MOVING OFFICES, FYI.

SO, UH, WE'RE MOVING FROM

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OAK SPRINGS ELEMENTARY TO THE, UH, WHAT'S STILL OLD BROOK ELEMENTARY, BUT IT'S, I DON'T KNOW IF THEY CALL IT THE BROOK FACILITY OR THE BOOK, THE BROOK, UM, COMPLEX OR SOMETHING, BUT IT, UH, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, AS, AS THE CONDITIONS CHANGE ON CAMPUSES, RIGHT.

AND, YOU KNOW, UM, ENROLLMENT CHANGES AND WE KIND OF HAVE TO MOVE TO ACCOMMODATE RIGHT.

THE NEEDS OF THE CAMPUS, WHERE WE HAPPEN TO BE IN, UH, UH, IN BROOKE ISN'T A SCHOOL ANYMORE.

SO HOPEFULLY AGAIN, YOU KNOW, THOSE, THOSE KINDS OF CHANGES DON'T AFFECT, RIGHT.

UH, OUR ABILITY TO REMAIN THERE, YOU KNOW, OTHER FACTORS MAY AFFECT OUR ABILITY TO REMAIN THEM.

UM, BUT, UM, UM, BUT WE'RE EXCITED AGAIN, JUST TO, YOU KNOW, KIND OF, UM, MOVE OUR OPERATION.

AND, UM, AND WE'RE TRYING TO CREATE LIKE A HYBRID SPACE WHERE MAYBE WE COULD HAVE, UH, YOU KNOW, PART IN PERSON IN PART FOR TOOL KIND OF PARTICIPATION, LIKE FOR OUR COMMUNITY COUNCIL OR OUR WORK GROUPS.

SO IT'S KIND OF GIVEN US A CHANCE TO START WITH A CLEAN SLATE AND SAY, IF WE COULD DESIGN A KIND OF HYBRID WORK WORKSPACE AND MEETING SPACE, HOW WOULD WE DO IT? SO I'M PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL INVITE Y'ALL TO COME AND LOOK AT THE SPACE ONCE IT'S DONE, BUT IT'LL TAKE A LITTLE WHILE TO GET ALL THE TECHNOLOGY SET UP AND, UM, AND JUST, YOU KNOW, EVERYTHING MOVED AND LOOKING HOW WE WANT IT TO LOOK, BUT THANKS TO AISD, THEY THEY'VE LITERALLY HOSTED IT HOSTED US SINCE DAY 1, 29 YEARS AGO, OR 28 YEARS AGO, WHATEVER THE NUMBER IS.

SO THANK YOU TO OUR AISB PARTNERS FOR THAT.

AND, UM, AND JUST KIND OF WORKING WITH US, RIGHT.

UH, TO, UH, UH, TO, UH, MAKE SURE AGAIN, UM, WHATEVER, WHATEVER SPACE WE HAVE WORKS FOR, YOU KNOW, FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AS WELL.

AND, UH, AND I DO WANT TO SAY, I THINK, I GUESS MAYBE IT WAS LAST WEEK TAMAR WHEN YOU HAD YOUR EVENT, THAT WAS PRETTY FUN.

I APPRECIATE IT, UH, THE OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH AND JUST A LOT OF, UH, I THINK AMAZING WORK HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND I'M EXCITED TO HEAR FROM OUR PARTNERS IN PFLUGERVILLE, YOU KNOW, UM, ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE EXCITING THINGS THAT THEY'RE WORKING ON AND, UH, OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY HAVE AVAILABLE AND FOR HOSTING THE SUMMIT.

RIGHT.

SO, UM, SO WE'RE GOING TO, I'M JUST GOING TO SHOW A COUPLE OF SLIDES THAT, UH, SHOW YOU KIND OF WHERE WE'RE AT AND, UM, UM, LET ME SEE IF I CAN REMEMBER HOW TO SHARE SCREEN SHARE.

THERE YOU GO.

AH, YAY.

UM, YEP.

WE CAN DO THIS SLIDE SHOW.

UH, SO OF COURSE THIS IS OUR, UM, AND HOPEFULLY I HAVE THE RIGHT DATE IS NOVEMBER THE FIFTH.

UM, UM, AND THERE'S ACTUALLY A LOT GOING ON THAT DAY.

DIDN'T NOTICE, BUT THERE'S LIKE A BAD SUMMIT THAT IS PUTTING ON AND A HOUSING SUMMIT THAT, UH, UM, UH, HOUSING WORKS IS PUTTING ON.

BUT, UM, BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO REPORT WE'RE UP TO WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO KIND OF LIMIT, YOU KNOW, THE SPACE CAN PROBABLY HOLD 200, BUT WE'RE TRYING TO KEEP IT TO A HUNDRED OR 120 JUST TO KIND OF KEEP THE SPACE, UM, YOU KNOW, BE ABLE TO SPACE OUT A BIT, RIGHT.

THE TABLES AND EVEN WITHIN TABLES, KIND OF BEING ABLE TO SPACE OUT.

UM, AND, UM, AND WE'LL SEND OUT TO THE COVID PROTOCOLS, BUT I NEED TO FIGURE OUT, SO WHAT IS PFLUGERVILLE IS REQUIREMENTS, RIGHT? VERSUS THE, YOU KNOW, ALL THESE DIFFERENT, UH, REQUIREMENTS THAT WE NEED TO COMPLY WITH, BUT, UM, IT IS AN IN-PERSON EVENT.

SO THERE IS SOME DRIVE TIME, KEEP THAT IN MIND.

UM, AND, UM, THERE WILL BE LUNCH, RIGHT? AND OBVIOUSLY WE'LL HAVE SOME PASTRIES AND COFFEE OR SOMETHING AT NINE O'CLOCK OR EIGHT 30 WHENEVER WE GET ROLLING.

UM, SO WE'RE PRETTY EXCITED JUST TO BE PLANNING THIS KIND OF EVENT, EVEN THOUGH WE'RE A LITTLE OUT OF PRACTICE, BUT, UH, A VERY, I GET EXCITING JUST TO SEE THE RESPONSE.

AND I MEAN, WHEN WE APPROACH FOLKS ABOUT BEING ON THE PANEL OR SPEAKERS ARE JUST SO EXCITED RIGHT.

TO PARTICIPATE.

SO, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT SAYING THAT THEY'RE NOT USUALLY EXCITED, BUT, UH, IT'S JUST THE, AGAIN, YOU KNOW, IN THIS AREA WHERE WE'RE OUT, MAYBE RUNNING ON LESS ENERGY THAN WE USUALLY DO, RIGHT.

OR WITH NOT AS MUCH ENERGY AS WE'D LIKE, THEN IT'S ALWAYS NICE TO FIND PEOPLE WHO GET, YOU KNOW, BRING THAT ENTHUSIASM AND EXCITEMENT.

UM, SO REAL QUICK ON THE, ON THE OUTLINE, YOU KNOW, THIS IS, UH, PRETTY SIMILAR TO WHAT WE DID, UM, IN SAN MARCUS, UH, IN 2019.

UM, BUT USUALLY AGAIN, WE HAVE THE SPOTLIGHT OF OUR HOST COMMUNITY, RIGHT.

AND SO WE'LL HEAR A LITTLE, A LITTLE PREVIEW, RIGHT.

AND WHAT THEY'RE THEY MIGHT PRESENT, UM, UH, COMING UP HERE SHORTLY AT THIS MEETING, UM, WE HAVE, UH, TO SET THE CONTEXT ON SORT OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY, YOU KNOW, HOW TO, UM, LOOK AT IT FROM SORT OF EQUITY LENS IS WE HAVE, UH, STEVEN PEDAGO

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FROM UT, UM, AND HE'S WRITTEN A COUPLE OF RECENTLY WRITE A COUPLE OF BOOKS OR CREATED SOME RESOURCES ABOUT CREATING OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL RIGHT.

HOW DO WE ENSURE, UM, UM, YOU KNOW, HOW DO WE INCREASE OUR CHANCES FOR, YOU KNOW, AN EQUITABLE ECONOMIC RECOVERY? UM, MAN, I DIDN'T FIX THE NUMBERING AGAIN, BUT, UH, THE, A SPOTLIGHT ON CENTRAL TEXAS, UH, WILL BE, YOU KNOW, UH, SORT OF TAG TEAM BETWEEN WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS, CAPITAL AREA AND WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS, RURAL CAPITAL AREA, JUST TO KIND OF GET, UH, UH, THE REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE ON THAT.

UM, AND THEN THE, UH, SORT OF THE, THE LAST KIND OF BIG BUCKET OF TIME WILL BE, UM, A PRESENTATION ON INNOVATIVE PUBLIC, PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, RIGHT.

HELPING TO ADVANCE AN EQUITABLE ECONOMIC RECOVERY.

SO THAT WILL ADDRESS A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT ISSUES AND I'LL GET TO THOSE IN A SECOND.

UM, AND I THINK YOU'VE HEARD ME SAY IN THE PAST THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, THAT THE, THE SUMMIT IS A SPRINGBOARD RIGHT TO THE WORK WE'LL BE DOING RIGHT OVER THE NEXT, YOU KNOW, YEAR TO 18 MONTHS, UM, AROUND THIS ART CONCEPT OR, OR THEME OF ENSURING AN EQUITABLE ECONOMIC RECOVERY.

AND SO THESE ARE CURRENTLY SORT OF THE FOLLOW-UP FORUMS, WHICH WE'RE CALLING THE EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY FORUMS, BUT WE'RE HAVING, UH, ONE FORUM, YOU KNOW, UH, LOOKING AT SORT OF THE EXPERIENCE WOMEN HAVE HAD AND ARE HAVING RIGHT IN TERMS OF THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY, SORT OF THE, THEY EXPERIENCE RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES THAT, UH, THANKS TO OUR MINORITY CHAMBER MEMBERS, RIGHT.

WHO ARE GOING TO KIND OF HELP, UM, HELP, UH, TO PRESENT THAT, UM, WE HAVE THE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS STRATEGIES IN THE WORKPLACE.

UM, AND THEN, AND THEN THE OTHER ONE THAT IS KIND OF A MORE RECENT, YOU KNOW, I'VE REACHED OUT TO UNITED WAY ABOUT, UM, EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE ADOPTED THEIR FAMILY FRIENDLY WORKPLACE MODEL.

AND, UM, BECAUSE WHAT STRUCK ME DURING THE PANDEMIC IS THAT IF YOU LOOK AT SORT OF, YOU KNOW, UH, THERE WERE SUGGESTED ACTIONS FOR EMPLOYERS, RIGHT.

TO CREATE A COMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT, RIGHT.

FOR EMPLOYEES AS THEY COME BACK TO WORK, OR ALMOST ALMOST POINT BY POINT THE FAMILY-FRIENDLY WORKPLACE, UH, CRITERIA.

RIGHT.

WHICH IS WHICH THE UNITED WAY DEVELOP, OR I SHOULD SAY EARTHLY MATTERS, CENTRAL TEXAS DEVELOPED A YEAR OR TWO BEFORE THE PANDEMIC.

RIGHT.

SO I THINK IT'S, IT'S PRETTY INTERESTING HOW, IN THE CONTEXT OF THE PANDEMIC, THERE WERE ALREADY THINGS WE KNEW COULD WORK IF PEOPLE WOULD JUST DO THEM.

RIGHT.

AND NOW THERE'S A LOT OF ACTION TO IMPLEMENT ON, ON SOME OF THESE SOLUTIONS THAT FOLKS HAD ALREADY HAD IN MIND.

AND, UH, AND I THINK THAT'S IT ON THE SUMMIT, AGAIN, JUST KIND OF GIVING YOU A LITTLE PREVIEW OF WHAT THE SUMMIT WILL LOOK LIKE.

AND THEN, UM, AGAIN, THE FOLLOWUP THAT'S ALREADY PLANNED, WE'RE GOING TO LEARN SOME THINGS AT THE SUMMIT THAT WE'RE ALSO GOING TO WANT TO FOLLOW UP ON, RIGHT.

WITH THESE EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY FORUMS. SO JUST KNOW THAT, UM, WE'RE GOING INTO THIS SPECIFICALLY WITH THE IDEA THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING TO LEARN ABOUT WHAT WE WANT, WHAT WE'RE GOING TO WORK ON, OR, UH, GOING FORWARD AROUND THAT TOPIC OF ENSURING AN EQUITABLE ECONOMIC RECOVERY.

AND WE'RE ALREADY AT ABOUT 50 SLOTS FULL OUT OF 120.

SO, UM, SO THAT'S WHY I KIND OF SENT THAT LITTLE NOTE, UH, YOU KNOW, IN MY EMAIL THIS MORNING ABOUT, UH, MAKING SURE YOU KIND OF GET THE WORD OUT TO YOUR FOLKS WHO YOU REALLY WANTED TO MAKE SURE ARE THERE, IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT JUST PLEASE KIND OF, YOU KNOW, ASK, UH, SOMEONE FROM YOUR PARTNER, UH, ORGANIZATION TO ATTEND.

UH, AGAIN, IT, IT REALLY IS GOING TO INFORM WHAT WE DO RIGHT.

GOING FORWARD FOR THE NEXT YEAR, YEAR OR TWO.

SO I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

AND AS A PLANNER, I ALWAYS LIKE TO KIND OF SEE THAT, UM, WHAT WE'RE DOING RIGHT IS KIND OF BUILDING ON, ON, UH, ON, ON ALL OF OUR EFFORTS, RIGHT.

THAT WE HAVE GOING ON.

AND, BUT I THINK THAT'S ALL I HAVE AND, UH, PASS IT TO TAMAR RIGHT.

THEN THEY WILL PASS IT OVER TO OUR, OUR PFLUGERVILLE FRIENDS THAT ARE PATIENTLY WAITING.

SO THANK YOU.

WELL, I JUST WANT TO SAY ROLAND TEAM, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR, FOR PULLING THESE, UH, REALLY CALLING DOWN THE MESSAGES FROM OUR PLANNING MEETINGS INTO THIS REALLY STRONG PROGRAM.

I THINK THERE'S SOME REALLY AMAZING PEOPLE BEING INVITED, NOT ONLY FOR THE, THE SUMMIT ITSELF, BUT ALSO FOR ALL THE FOLLOWUP CONVERSATIONS, WHICH, YOU KNOW, KEEP ALL OF OUR THEMES IN PLACE.

SO THANK YOU.

AND I WOULD ALSO CONCUR FOLKS, IF THERE ARE FOLKS IN YOUR, IN YOUR ORGANIZATION WHO NEED TO BE THERE, PLEASE LET THEM KNOW.

AND ALSO, I WOULD SAY THAT IF YOU HAVE PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS OF YOUR OWN, WHO NEED TO BE THERE, OR, UM, CONSTITUENT ORGANIZATIONS THAT NEED TO BE THERE, PLEASE MAKE SURE, UM, THEY GET THEIR INVITE TOO.

UM, AND TAMRA.

NOW, IF YOU COULD SORT OF

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GIVE US A, SORT OF THE BROAD STROKES THERE, SO, AND THEN WE'LL INVITE HER, OUR WELCOME OUR FRIENDS FROM PFLUGERVILLE.

SURE, SURE.

WELL, THANK YOU SUSHI.

AND THANK YOU RAUL FOR THAT UPDATE.

50 IS A GOOD START.

UM, I HOPE SINCE IT'S A, LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY, I HOPE THAT WE'LL ALL DOUBLE DOWN AND EXTEND INDIVIDUAL PERSONALIZED INVITATIONS TO FOLKS.

SO JUST TO BUILD ON A COUPLE OF THEMES, REALLY BRIEFLY, ONE RAUL, YOU MENTIONED REGIONAL APPROACH.

UH, I THINK THAT'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

WHAT EXCITES ME AS I LOOK AT THIS SUMMIT IS WE'RE VERY INTENTIONALLY, UH, BEING REGIONAL AND JUST TO KIND OF CALL IT OUT.

I THINK THAT CAN, HASN'T ALWAYS SAW OUR MISSION IS ALIGNED WITH REGIONAL BEING REGIONAL.

I THINK WE'RE BEEN VERY CLEARLY HISTORICALLY AUSTIN COUNTY AND, UH, CLEARLY I'M A BIG FAN OF AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY, BUT I THINK THIS MAKES SENSE IN OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC RECOVERY.

SO KUDOS TO THE PLANNING TEAM FOR THAT.

UM, I ALSO, UH, THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR NICE COMMENTS ABOUT WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS EVENT LAST WEEK.

NOT COINCIDENTALLY, THE MC OF OUR EVENT WAS OUR OWN RUDY METTAY OR SO THERE'S THAT FLUTE GROUP BILL THROUGH LINE THERE'S THAT CAN THROUGH LINE, UM, THESE THINGS ALL BUILD ON EACH OTHER.

AND I THINK THAT'S SUPER IMPORTANT AS WE LOOK TO LIFT UP OUR FRIENDS IN PFLUGERVILLE, UH, APPROPRIATELY.

SO, SO JUST A FEW NOTES FOR ME ABOUT THE SUMMIT.

I'VE BEEN SPENDING SOME TIME OVER THE LAST WEEK, PLUS REALLY DOUBLING DOWN ON, UH, HELPING PREPARE SOME OF THOSE GREAT SESSIONS THAT SUSHI REFERENCED.

ONE MET WITH PAUL FLETCHER.

WHO'S MY COUNTERPART IN THE RURAL CAPITAL WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS.

UH, AND I'M PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT THE BRIEF SEC SEGMENT THAT WE'LL PROVIDE TO YOU ALL TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW ABOUT LABOR MARKET JOBS.

AND WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO TACKLE THE QUESTION ON EVERYONE'S MIND, WHERE ARE THE WORKERS? SO WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO DIG INTO THAT AND HOPEFULLY OFFER SOME CONVERSATION STARTERS AND POINTS TO MAKE IT INTERACTIVE AND TO HAD AN OPPORTUNITY, PLEASURE TO SPEAK WITH DR.

STEVEN PEDAGO, UH, AND SUCHI IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

I AM EXCITED THAT HE WILL BE SPEAKING ABOUT INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

WE ARE IN FOR A TREAT GUYS.

UH, HE, HIS, HIS, UH, SPEAKING PART ALONE IS WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION, UH, TO HER SUMMIT BECAUSE DR.

PEDAGO IS AN INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLANNER WHO REALLY BELIEVES IN AND LIVES EQUITABLE, INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

SO I THINK HE'S GOING TO HAVE SOME REALLY INSIGHTFUL, UH, TIDBITS FOR US.

SO, UH, IF THAT DOESN'T PEAK YOUR INTEREST, I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'LL.

I JUST THINK, I THINK A LOT OF DR.

PEDAGO, AND I THINK YOU GUYS WILL BE IMPRESSED IF YOU DON'T KNOW HIM.

SECOND POINT I'D LIKE TO MAKE VERY BRIEFLY IS, UH, JUST TO TIE IN, UH, ISRAEL SAID HOW WE'RE GOING TO USE THIS SUMMIT.

SO I ALWAYS ASK MYSELF WHEN I SEE COMPETING OBLIGATIONS ON MY CALENDAR, UH, YOU KNOW, WHAT AM I GOING TO GET OUT OF THIS? AND HOW WOULD I, WHY WOULD I CHOOSE THIS OVER ANOTHER, UH, I APPRECIATE IT RO WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT THE SUMMIT AND THE INTERACTION BEING USED FOR CANNES, UH, AGENDA MOVING FORWARD.

AND, AND THAT, UH, MY COMMITMENT TO YOU IS THAT'S TRUE.

I MEAN, THIS IS A WORKFORCE SUMMIT, UH, FOCUSED ON EQUITABLE ECONOMIC RECOVERY.

AND AS YOUR INCOMING CHAIR FOR 2022, UM, MY TOP PRIORITY IS GOING TO BE AROUND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN AND UNDERSTANDING OF REGIONAL WORKFORCE OPPORTUNITIES AND NEEDS.

UH, AS WE DOUBLE DOWN ON AN EQUITABLE ECONOMIC RECOVERY, WE KNOW THAT'S GOING TO MEAN JOBS AND JOB ACCESS, UH, AND THE BEST POSSIBLE QUALITY JOBS.

SO, UH, SO EXCITED THAT, UH, I GET, UH, THANK YOU, UH, SUCHI AS CHAIR FOR ALLOWING THIS TO BE SO KIND OF A SOFT LAUNCH OF THAT UPCOMING AGENDA AT OUR NOVEMBER 5TH SUMMIT.

SO WITH THAT, I'LL TURN IT BACK TO YOU.

AND JUST WITH MY GRATITUDE TO EVERYONE INVOLVED FOR HOW FAR WE'VE COME IN, ALL THIS PLANNING.

THANK YOU.

THANKS TAMRA.

UM, I WILL ALSO ADD THAT DR.

PEDAGO BEYOND BEING BRILLIANT IS ALSO REALLY GENEROUS AND ALLOWED ME TO COME SPEAK IN HIS CLASS.

AND I AM NOT ONE A HUNDRED THAT SCHOLARLY IS HE, SO IT WAS PRETTY GREAT.

AND HE'S VERY NICE.

[Central Texas Regional Summit Host Spotlight: City of Pflugerville]

UM, WELL PLEASE WELCOME OUR FRIENDS FROM PFLUGERVILLE.

WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE YOU HERE TO REALLY HELP US SET THIS CONTEXT ABOUT HOW CAN BECOMES, UH, YOU KNOW, TRUE TO ITS NAME, WHEREVER REGIONAL ORGANIZATION.

SO, UM, ROLE I'LL LET YOU DO THE HONORS.

YEAH, AND I DO WANT TO THANK, UH, EMILY AND AMY FOR KIND OF STEPPING IN FOR A COUNCIL MEMBER MATEO AND FOR TRAY.

UM, AND, UH, I BELIEVE EMILY IS A DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT.

YOU CAN CORRECT ME, UH, WHEN YOU START TALKING.

AND THEN I THINK AVI IS, UH, WITH THE PFLUGERVILLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, AND AMY'S PRESENTED TO US IN THE PAST WHEN WE'VE HAD OUR, UH, OUR PARTNER PROFILES.

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SO IT'S A PARTNER PROFILES OF SORTS, BUT REALLY LOOKING AT SORT OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND, UM, YOU KNOW, ALL OF THE EXCITING THINGS, YOU KNOW, CHALLENGES, BUT, YOU KNOW, EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES AS WELL.

UM, UH, REALLY APPRECIATE YOU MAKING TIME TO BE HERE, THIS, UH, YOUNGEST FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

SO WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

UM, GOOD AFTERNOON AND THANKS FOR HAVING US, UM, AS WE'RE ALL SET, I'M EMILY WARREN ON THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DIRECTOR FOR THE CITY OF PFLUGERVILLE, UM, AND HERE TODAY TO TALK, INTRODUCE AMY REALLY, AND SERVE AS PROXY FOR COUNCIL MEMBER MATEO.

UM, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE'VE CREATED IN PFLUGERVILLE AND ALSO FOR CHOOSING PFLUGERVILLE FOR THE REGIONAL SUMMIT IN NOVEMBER.

UM, I'M EXCITED TO, TO ATTEND THAT AND, AND LEARN ALL OF THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT YOU JUST SPOKE ABOUT.

UM, AMY MADISON IS JOINING ME TODAY.

AMY IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PFLUGERVILLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

UH, ALSO KNOWN AS PCDC, UH, PCDC IS THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ARM OF THE CITY.

AND AMY'S HERE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE EFFORTS TO HELP OUR EFFORTS TO HELP BUSINESSES, UM, DURING THE PANDEMIC AND OTHER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES THAT THE CITY AND PCDC HAD BEEN WORKING ON.

UM, SO WITH THAT, I WILL PASS IT OVER TO AMY.

THANK YOU, EMILY.

AND AGAIN, THANK YOU ALL FOR ALLOWING US TO BE HERE TODAY.

UM, ROLE AND I GO WAY BACK, I THINK HIS FIRST DAY ON THE JOB OR CLOSE TO IT WAS WHEN I FIRST PRESENTED TO THIS GROUP AND WE WERE REALLY MISSING ON THAT DAY.

A LOT HAS HAPPENED.

YOU ALL HAVE DONE SUCH AMAZING WORK, SO HONORED TO BE HERE, REPRESENTING OUR COMMUNITY, UH, WHICH HAS SUCH GREAT LEADERSHIP.

UM, YOU KNOW, EMILY AND I ARE VERY MUCH IN ALIGNMENT WHEN WE WORK THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.

AND SO IT'S REALLY AN HONOR TO BE HERE WITH HER, UM, SUSHI, THANK YOU FOR THE WORK YOU'RE DOING THIS YEAR AS CHAIR.

AND FINALLY, UM, HAD I KNOWN THAT TAMRA ATKINSON WAS GOING TO BE HERE.

I, I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE GOTTEN SICK BEFORE I CAME.

I'M JUST SAYING I'M A LITTLE INTIMIDATED.

UH, SHE HAS DONE SUCH GREAT WORK IN THE REGION AND WHAT I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT TODAY FOR THE MOST PART, UM, IS A LOT OF THE PARTNERSHIPS THAT I'VE CREATED THROUGH HER, WITH HER, OR WITH OTHERS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH HER.

UM, YOU CANNOT TALK ABOUT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT WORKFORCE, AND THAT HAS ONLY BECOME MORE APPARENT, NOT JUST DURING THE, THE, UH, PANDEMIC, BUT MORE RECENTLY WITH SOME OF THE ANNOUNCEMENTS WE'VE HEARD IN THE REGION.

GOOD, BAD AND INDIFFERENT IN DIFFERENT WAYS ON HOW THAT IMPACTS IS.

BUT TODAY WE'RE GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT PFLUGERVILLE, BUT BEFORE I DO, I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT THE PCDC IS THE PROUD OWNER OF THAT WATERPARK.

AND NO, I DID NOT HAVE TO DON A BATHING SUIT AND RUN IT AT ANY POINT, BUT THERE WAS QUESTION AT A POINT THAT CAME IN TIME, WE HAVE TURNED THAT PARK AROUND.

IT IS A LOVELY, UH, OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU ALL.

AND THAT CONFERENCE CENTER IS, UH, REALLY, REALLY NICE.

UH, AND THE FOLKS THERE WILL TREAT YOU WITH RESPECT AND DIGNITY, AND I KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A GOOD TIME THERE, SO I HOPE I GET TO COME TO, SO I'M GOING TO SHARE MY SCREEN IF SOMEONE COULD, UH, DIS TO ALLOW ME TO DO SO, IT DOESN'T SHOW THAT I CAN SHARE SCREEN YET.

I'M GETTING A NOTE.

SO ROYAL, COULD YOU FIGURE OUT MAYBE HOW WE FIX THAT? IF NOT, I CAN JUST PROCEED WITHOUT IT.

OKAY.

LET ME SEE WHAT I CAN DO WITH THAT.

YES.

OR THAT WORKS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I APPRECIATE IT.

SO, UM, WE, LIKE I SAID, WE'RE REALLY EXCITED TO BE HERE TODAY, REPRESENTING OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, WE, UH, HAVE HAD A LOT OF THINGS HAPPEN IN PFLUGERVILLE GOOD AND BAD IN THE PAST TWO YEARS RELATED TO THE COVID.

AND, UM, YOU KNOW, WHEN I HEARD ABOUT THE TOPIC OF THE CONFERENCE, IT WAS JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO.

SO I REALLY DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO GET INTO IT INTO REAL DEPTH SO THAT I COULD BRING FORWARD, UH, MORE INFORMATION.

BUT, YOU KNOW, WE BEGIN, UH, WITH ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE CITIES IN THE COMMUNITY, IN THE, IN THE ENTIRE MSA.

AND ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE IN THE STATE, WHEN WE LOOK AT OUR HISPANIC, AMERICAN, INDIAN, ASIAN, BLACK, OR AFRICAN-AMERICAN, UM, POPULATION, YOU CAN SEE THAT WE HAVE SIGNIFICANT, UH, INFLUENCE AND CERTAIN GREAT CULTURE THAT COMES AS A RESULT.

AND FINALLY, WHEN WE ADD IN THE VETERAN POPULATION, WE HAVE, UH, WE FEEL THAT WE HAVE ONE OF THE BEST OFFERINGS FOR, UM, RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION AS A RESULT OF THIS DIVERSITY, IT MAKES US STRONGER.

IT MAKES US A VERY CULTURAL IN NATURE.

AND I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO COMMENT THAT MORE RECENTLY, I'VE BEEN GETTING REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION

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ON PROJECTS THAT ARE INTERESTED IN THE REGION THAT ARE ASKING FOR, UH, DETAILS ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN THE WORKFORCE INITIATIVES THAT THE CITY IS TAKING.

AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT PFLUGERVILLE RIGHT NOW IS IN THE RUN FOR A PROJECT THAT WE WERE FIRST SELECTED AS A RESULT OF OUR ECONOMY.

BUT WE WERE ALSO SELECTED BECAUSE OF OUR DIVERSITY AND WE'VE PROVIDED A LOT OF DETAILED INFORMATION, UM, TO THAT PROSPECTS.

SO PROSPECTS AS THEY'RE COMING INTO THE COMMUNITY AND LOOKING IN THE REGION ARE ALSO LOOKING TO BE ABLE TO HIRE THAT POPULATION.

AND THEY WANT TO KNOW THAT POPULATION IS BEING HIRED.

UM, THE OTHER THING THEY LOOK AT IS WHAT ARE THE INITIATIVES THAT THE CITIES AND THE COUNTY AND THE, UM, THE ASSOCIATIONS LOCALLY ARE TAKING.

SO WE PUT TOGETHER A FAIRLY COMPREHENSIVE, UH, TALKING PAPER FOR THEM, I THINK COULD BE IMPROVED, UH, THROUGH THE WORK OF THIS GROUP, UH, AS WELL ROLE.

SO I HOPE TO WORK WITH YOU DIRECT ON TRYING TO LEARN WAYS THAT WE CAN BETTER DEMONSTRATE THAT IN A FUTURE FOR THE PROSPECTS THAT WE HAVE.

SO, UM, AS YOU KNOW, WE ARE A VERY GROWTH ORIENTED COMMUNITY, UH, NOT THE FASTEST, BUT ONE OF THE MOST DENSE CON UH, UH, UH, COMMUNITIES, THE ENTIRE AREA THAT WAS PROVED UP BY THE 20, 20 CENSUS.

BUT WE ARE, UH, EXCEEDING EXPECTATION REALLY ON WHERE WE ARE WITH POPULATION.

SO WE'RE, WE'RE, I THINK WITH ANNEXATION, THIS NUMBER COULD ONLY GET BIGGER, AND OF COURSE, EMILY COULD SPEAK TO THAT VERY EASILY.

SO WHO IS THE PFLUGERVILLE CDC? FIRST OF ALL, WE ARE FUNDED BY A HALF CENT SALES TAX.

UM, SINCE TWO, 2001 THAT MAKES US 20 YEARS OLD, JUST THIS PAST AUGUST.

UM, WE ARE, UH, AN ENTITY OF THE CITY.

THEY ARE AUTHORIZING BODY AND OUR BOARD AND MYSELF ENDED UP REPORTING TO THE CITY COUNCIL ON THE WORK THAT WE DO FOR THE COMMUNITY.

AND WHAT DO WE DO? WE INVEST IN PROJECTS THAT MEANS TRYING TO RECRUIT NEW COMPANIES.

AND WE ALSO LOOK AT RETAINING PRIMARY JOBS IN PFLUGERVILLE.

THAT MEANS WORKING WITH OUR EXISTING BUSINESSES.

WE ALSO INVEST IN MARKETING TOOLS AND OUR, THE, UM, UH, ADVERTISER, IF YOU WILL, AND PROMOTE, OR FOR PFLUGERVILLE GLOBALLY AS A PREMIER LOCATION, BUT MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING WE DO I THINK IS TO BUILD WITH OUR PRIMARY EMPLOYERS AND OUR INFLUENCES, WHICH IS PSYCH SELECTORS AND REALTORS.

I JUST RETURNED FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ASSET MANAGERS COUNCIL MEETING.

FORTUNATELY, ONE OF TWO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EDS REPRESENTED ON THEIR INTERNATIONAL BOARD AS OF TUESDAY, AND, UH, EXCITED TO BE PART OF FORTUNE 500, UM, SITE SELECTORS AND REALTORS AS PART OF THAT PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION.

BUT ALL OF WHAT WE DO IS TO TRY TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH THOSE FOLKS SO THAT THEY KNOW WHO WE ARE AND WHEN THEY HAVE PROJECTS, THEY CONSIDER US.

BUT WE ALSO WORK WITH LOCAL PARTNERS AND SOME OF OUR PARTNERS THAT ARE REPRESENTED HERE TODAY.

UM, I THINK WE GOT CAN ON HERE.

UM, SO, UH, WE'RE ADDING YOU AS WELL, UH, BUT WE DO WORK VERY, VERY CLOSELY WITH ALL THESE ORGANIZATIONS FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER.

SOME IS INVOLVED IN RECRUITMENT.

OTHER IS IN WORKING ON WORKFORCE.

UH, THE ARMA ORGANIZATION COURT IS, IS REALLY LOCAL, UH, FOCUSED ON, UH, MANUFACTURING.

WE'VE WORKED WITH RECENTLY WITH AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

WE WORK WITH OUR LOCAL CHAMBER.

WE WORK WITH CHAMBERS THROUGHOUT THE REGION AS WELL, AND WE'VE BEEN A PARTNER WITH THEM.

SO WE FEEL AT HOME HERE, IF YOU WILL, BECAUSE WE'VE KIND OF BEEN WORKING WITH YOU FOR A LONG TIME IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

SO WHEN COVID HIT, ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS WE DID WAS WE RAISED MONEY, PRIVATE FUNDS, UH, AND THE PCDC MATCHED SOME OF THOSE FUNDS TO DO A GRANT CALLED THE PFLUGER FUND THAT WAS RUN BY THE CHAMBER WITH THAT.

WE, UH, WE DISTRIBUTED A LITTLE OVER A HUNDRED THOUSAND AND THAT WAS BASED ON PAYING BILLS AS OPPOSED TO ACTUAL GRANTS, UM, TO HELP OFFSET THE ISSUES THAT HAPPEN TO MAIN STREET.

IF YOU WILL REMEMBER SERVICE AND RETAIL COURSEWORK HARDLY HURT ALONG WITH RESTAURANT.

AND, AND SO AFTER THAT, WE WERE ABLE TO PARTNER WITH THRIVE, UH, AND WITH, UM, THE, UH, TRAVIS COUNTY, UH, WITH CARES GRANT FUNDING, WHICH THE PCDC HELPED TO ADMINISTER, UH, THROUGHOUT THAT TIME, WE ONLY HAD ABOUT 10 DAYS TO GET IT UP AND RUNNING.

AND THEN FOLLOWING THAT, UH, REVIEWED, I THINK OVER 61 APPLICATIONS OUT OF THOSE 37 QUALIFIED

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WITH THE RULES THAT WERE A PART OF THIS PROGRAM, UM, WE WERE VERY PROUD TO REPORT THAT 59% WERE WOMEN OR MINORITY OWNED BUSINESSES OUT OF THOSE THAT WERE AWARDED THE TOTAL FUNDED WAS JUST OVER A MILLION DOLLARS FOR A COMMUNITY OF 75,000 PEOPLE.

THAT IS REALLY, UM, IT'S REALLY AN OUTSTANDING DOLLAR AMOUNT.

AND THEN WITH OUR AWARDS BY TIER, UH, WE TRIED TO REPRESENT DIFFERENT GROUPS IN THE COMMUNITY OF DIFFERENT SIZES.

UM, THE THRIVE GRANT THAT WAS RUN BY, UH, UH, THE COUNTY WAS 20 OR LESS, AND WE WERE ACTUALLY, THEIRS WAS STILL OPEN WHILE WE HAD OURS JUST RAMPING UP AND PEOPLE THAT WERE IN PFLUGERVILLE COULD QUALIFY FOR EITHER PROGRAMS. SO WE TRIED TO DIVERSIFY WHAT WE WERE DOING, AND IN THE END, WE WERE VERY HAPPY TO SEE HOW WE ENDED UP ON THIS.

IT REALLY HELPED KEEP A LOT OF BUSINESSES OPEN AND RUNNING.

UH, WE ARE DUE ON OUR ANNUAL CHECKUP ON THEM, UH, THAT WILL BE DONE IN NOVEMBER, AND WE'LL BE PROVIDING A FULL REPORT BACK TO THE BOARD, TO THE COUNCIL IN DECEMBER.

SO THE OTHER THING THAT HAPPENED IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC, UH, WAS THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF AMAZON.

UM, WE STARTED RECRUITING THIS PROJECT, UM, WAY BEFORE IT WAS ANNOUNCED.

SO OBVIOUSLY THAT IS THE CASE NEARLY TWO YEARS PRIOR TO IT BEING ANNOUNCED.

WELL, IT WAS JUST OVER TWO YEARS, ACTUALLY FROM THE TIME WE STARTED SEARCHING AND FOUND THE RIGHT SPOT AND GOT OUT OF THE GROUND, AND I WANT TO THROW A SHOUT OUT TO EMILY AND HER TEAM, UH, AT THE CITY, THEY DID A BEAUTIFUL JOB IN GETTING THIS PROJECT UP AND RUNNING.

IT WAS NOT ANNEXED.

IT WAS IN A MUD DISTRICT, ALL ENTITLEMENTS REQUIRED, UH, SEWER ROADS, EVERYTHING HAD TO BE BROUGHT TO THE SITE.

IT WAS QUITE AN UNDERTAKING.

UM, IF YOU HAD TO START FROM SQUARE ZERO, UH, THAT'S ABOUT WHERE WE WERE WITH THIS PROJECT.

AND IF IT HADN'T BEEN FOR THEIR HARD WORK, WE WOULDN'T BE HERE TODAY HIRING, UH, WITH AN AVERAGE WAGE OF APPROXIMATELY 31,000 PLUS BENEFITS IN PFLUGERVILLE, WE'VE ADVERTISED FOR THESE JOBS.

WE'RE VERY EXCITED BECAUSE WE FEEL LIKE THIS IS GOING TO HELP FILL A NICHE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, OUR, UH, UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS RUNNING RIGHT AT 4.9%.

THAT'S MUCH HIGHER THAN, UH, THE REGION OVERALL.

WE KNOW WE STILL HAVE SOME PEOPLE THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO RETURN TO WORK BECAUSE EITHER THEY'RE UNSKILLED OR, UM, THEY'RE, UH, COMPANIES, UH, OR BUSINESSES THAT THEY HAD ARE NO LONGER THERE, OR THEY, THEY HAVE NO JOBS.

SO WE'RE WORKING CLOSELY WITH WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS AND MY FRIEND TAMRA IN ORDER TO, UH, RESOLVE THAT.

BUT WE ALSO DID OUR OWN ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE JOBS AND ASSISTED AMAZON IN THE HIRING PROCESS, WHICH WE HAD OUR PARTNERS FOR, FOR SOLUTIONS, CAPITAL AREA, AND INVOLVED IN THAT, UH, AND CAP METRO AS WELL, UH, LOOKING AT TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS AND, UM, HIRING PROCESS.

SO WE ENDED THE YEAR REALLY WELL IN TERMS OF ECONOMIC MEASUREMENT, MEANING THE NEW VALUES THAT WERE PUT ON THE GROUND, UH, 317 MILLION CAP EX UH, IN AUSTIN THAT MAY NOT SOUND LIKE MUCH, BUT IN PFLUGERVILLE THAT'S A LOT AND A TOTAL OF 4.2 MILLION SQUARE FEET.

UH, ANOTHER FIRST FOR THE COMMUNITY IN A YEAR, UH, IN THOSE EIGHT PROJECTS IN 1,478 JOBS, THE DIFFERENT JOBS, WE HAD REALLY REFLECT THE DIVERSITY OF THE COMMUNITY AS WELL.

AND AS YOU CAN SEE OUR AVERAGE WAGE THERE, UH, THAT IS REALLY, REALLY GOOD IN TERMS OF, UH, RECRUITMENT, UH, AVERAGE WAGE.

AND SO FAR, EVERYONE HAS BEEN IN GOOD SHAPE IN TERMS OF FINDING WORKFORCE.

SO THE OTHER THING THAT WE DID AND STARTED DURING THE PANDEMIC AND HAVE MOVED INTO MORE RECENTLY, HAS BEEN TO DEVELOP REAL INTENTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH ALL OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE WORK WITH.

IT'S ONE THING TO SAY, WE WORK WITH THEM, BUT IT'S ANOTHER THING TO BE VERY, VERY INTENTIONAL ABOUT IT.

SO WHAT WE'VE DONE WITH SOME OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS IS TO SIT DOWN WITH THEM AND SAY, HOW CAN WE WORK WITH YOU? AND CAN WE PUT THAT IN MOU THAT THESE ARE OUR GOALS IN HOW WE WANT TO RESPOND TO ONE ANOTHER? AND IT HAS BEEN REALLY, REALLY HELPFUL.

UM, IF I WERE A SMALL MAKING RECOMMENDATION FOR A SMALL COMMUNITY, SOMEWHERE ABOUT HOW CAN THEY BUILD THOSE KINDS OF RELATIONSHIPS, MOU ARE VERY, VERY HELPFUL BECAUSE IT TAKES TIME TO PUT IT TOGETHER.

YOU HAVE TO REVIEW THEM ON A REGULAR BASIS, AND YOU ALSO HAVE TO BE DETAILED ABOUT THE KINDS OF THINGS AND UNDERSTAND THAT ORGANIZATION WELL ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT THEY CAN DELIVER AND WHAT YOU CAN RESPOND WITH.

SO WE'VE DONE THAT WITH SKILL POINT ALLIANCE, A SKILLED TRADES AND MANUFACTURING ORGANIZATION, UH, ALSO WITH NANA ACADEMY OF THOSE, ALL THAT ORGANIZATION, NOT ONLY, UH, HELPS, UH, TO TRAIN APPLIANCE

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REPAIR TECHNICIANS FOR LOCAL EMPLOYERS, WE NEED THAT DONE FOR THERE'S A REAL, UM, DEMAND FOR APPLIANCE REPAIR, UH, TECHNICIANS NOW, AND IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND EMPLOYMENT OR EMPLOYEES.

AND THE OTHER THING THEY DO IS THEY HELP TO TRAIN PEOPLE TO GO INTO THIS BUSINESS AND HANG A SHINGLE AS AN ENTREPRENEUR FITS WELL FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, ANOTHER STEP WE TOOK, UM, WE HAVE SEVERAL MOU IS ACTUALLY WITH WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS, CAPITAL AREA.

UM, ONE OF MY, UH, UH, EMPLOYEES, VERONICA RAMIREZ, UM, FROM PCDC REPRESENTS VETERANS ON THE BOARD AND WE'RE REAL PROUD OF WHAT SHE'S DONE.

SHE'S OUR MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER.

AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, WE'VE BEEN DOING AN AWFUL LOT OF ADVERTISEMENT OF EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS WITH WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS TO TRY TO GET THAT NOT ONLY TO OUR COMMUNITY, BUT OUR GREATER, UM, UH, AUDIENCE AS WELL, THE AMAZON GET READY WAS ALSO A FUNCTION OF ALL OF US WORKING TOGETHER.

THAT WAS THE WEBINAR.

WE PREPARED TO TRY TO GET PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY, READY TO RESPOND.

ALL THE HIRING IS DONE ELECTRONICALLY.

SO, UH, GETTING THEM READY, GETTING THEM TO UNDERSTAND HOW THEY COULD GET NOTIFICATIONS.

AND THEN WHAT AMAZON HAS TO OFFER.

UM, WE WORKED WITH BCL OF TEXAS ON SMALL BUSINESS LOANS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, UM, AS WELL AS YOU KNOW, AND THOSE WERE ALL GRANTS, BUT WE'RE ALSO WORKING WITH THEM ON LOW INTEREST LOANS OR NO INTEREST LOANS, UH, FOR SOME OF OUR SMALLER MINORITY BUSINESSES.

AND THOSE LOANS ARE DIRECTLY TARGETED TO THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES.

AND WE ARE WORKING WITH THEM ON AN MOU FOR SOME SMALL BUSINESS TRAINING.

IT'S ONGOING TRAINING FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP FINALLY, AND NOT LAST THAT ARE LEAST IS THE FLOP PFLUGERVILLE LIBRARY, WHICH WE BEGAN WORKING WITH ABOUT 2016.

I MET WITH THE LIBRARIAN THAT WAS AT AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE IN, UM, PHILADELPHIA.

AND SHE WORKED THERE AT THE LIBRARY AND SHE REALLY GOT ME EXCITED ABOUT SOME THINGS THAT WE COULD POTENTIALLY DO WITH THE LIBRARY.

OUR LIBRARY HAS ALWAYS BEEN PROGRESSIVE.

AND SO WE STARTED LOOKING AT PLATFORMS THAT WE COULD ADD.

AND WE'RE GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT AS WELL.

SO LINKEDIN LEARNING AND GAIL BUSINESS PLATFORM KIND OF CAME OUT OF THAT, UH, PFLUGERVILLE MANUFACTURING CADEMY, AND THIS WAS ONE THAT TAMRA AND I WORKED ON WITH AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE ON TEXAS WORKFORCE AND PRIVATE BUSINESS.

UH, AS YOU RECALL, EVERYTHING WAS SHUT DOWN.

SCHOOLS WERE SHUT DOWN AND WE HAD RECEIVED A GRANT FROM THE TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION.

AND WE, WE, WHAT WE WANTED TO DO WAS TO DEVELOP THE PFLUGERVILLE MANUFACTURING ACADEMY.

WE HAD NO PLACE TO TRAIN.

SO OUT OF THAT CAME THE CREATIVITY TO ACTUALLY GO TO OUR LOCAL ADDITIVE MANUFACTURERS, TO BUILD A 3D TRAINING PROGRAM, TO GIVE AWARENESS ABOUT MANUFACTURING, TRY TO EXCITE RESIDENTS AND OTHERS THAT WERE LOOKING FOR WORK IN SEEKING, UH, MANUFACTURING JOBS WITH THAT.

UH, WE WERE ABLE TO TALK THREE OF OUR LOCAL ADDITIVE MANUFACTURERS THAT ARE ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS AND SHIP ALL OVER THE WORLD.

WE WERE ABLE TO BRING THOSE FOLKS IN, TO TRAIN ON THAT EQUIPMENT.

WE RENTED THEIR SPACE AND THEY PROVIDED AN ADDITIONAL TECHNICIAN ALONG WITH OUR INSTRUCTOR FROM ACC.

WE DEVELOP THE CURRICULUM FROM SCRATCH FOR THIS PROGRAM, AND WE'RE REAL PROUD TO ANNOUNCE WE LAUNCHED IT IN FEBRUARY.

FINALLY, WE WORKED ON IT AND DURING THE COVID TIME.

AND, UM, OF COURSE EVERY TIME IT'S NEVER REALLY ENDED, BUT, UH, SEVEN MONTHS, UH, UH, HAS BEEN AN UP AND RUNNING.

WE'VE DONE 10 SESSIONS, 45 STUDENTS, BUT NINE OF THOSE WERE EXTERNSHIPS.

AND THE EXCITEMENT AROUND THAT IS THAT THE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER, WHEN THEY DO AN EXTERNSHIP THROUGH OUR ISD OR ANY IST FOR THAT MATTER, THAT MUST DEVELOP AND TEACH AT LEAST A MINIMUM OF THREE DAYS CURRICULUM TO THEIR STUDENTS.

THEY MAKE, UH, A REAL GOOD, UH, CONNECTION WITH THE COMPANIES THAT WE HAVE IN PFLUGERVILLE AS WELL.

SO WE CAN KEEP PROGRAMMING GOING IN THE FUTURE, BUT OUT OF THE 20 STUDENTS THAT THEY HAVE APPROXIMATELY IN SOME HAVE MORE IN A CLASSROOM, WE ESTIMATE THAT AT LEAST 180 STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE TRAINING, RECEIVE TRAINING.

AS A RESULT OF THIS PROGRAM, PCDC FUNDED IT THROUGH A GRANT IT'S CALLED A HIGH DEMAND JOB TRAINING GRANT THROUGH TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION THAT COMES TO THE LOCAL WORKFORCE.

SO THROUGH TAMRA'S ORGANIZATION, WE WERE ABLE TO FUND AND MATCH THOSE DOLLARS FROM THE PCDC.

AND IN ORDER TO RUN THIS PROGRAM, YOU CAN TELL I'M REAL EXCITED ABOUT THAT ONE.

UM, THE NEXT ONE IS RELATED TO, AGAIN, THE LIBRARY LIBRARY IS A WONDERFUL PLACE.

EVERYBODY LOVES THE LIBRARY.

I MEAN, WHO DOESN'T LOVE A LIBRARY THERE'S SO MUCH THERE YOU CAN LEARN AND DO.

AND A LOT OF OUR PEOPLE LOCALLY, WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE A LOT OF MONEY, THEY DO HAVE ACCESS

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TO THAT LIBRARY AND CO GO IN AND DO RESEARCH.

AND IF THEY WANT TO START THEIR OWN BUSINESS, OR IF THEY WANT TO JUST IMPROVE WHAT THEY'RE DOING, THAT'S WHERE THEY'RE LIKELY GOING TO GO.

SO WE DECIDED TO BUILD A PROGRAM WITH LINKEDIN LEARNING THERE AND OFFER IT FREE TO ALL RESIDENTS.

BUT WE ALSO ADDED A CAVEAT THAT NON-RESIDENT WORKFORCE COULD ALSO HAVE ACCESS TO IT.

SO OUR LOCAL, SMALL BUSINESSES, EVEN OUR MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESSES, EVEN MY STAFF HAVE ACCESS TO ALL THESE COURSES AND CAN TAKE THEM.

IT IS MULTILINGUAL, SO THAT IT MEANS IT'S OPENING UP TO ALL DIFFERENT DIVERSE POPULATIONS.

AND IT'S SO EASILY ACCESSED.

SO OUR PROGRAM WITH THEM HAS BEEN TO EXPAND THAT AND TO PUSH THAT OUT WITH GAIL, SOMETHING THAT WE JUST RECENTLY ADDED THIS PROGRAM IS MORE ENTREPRENEURIAL IN NATURE AND PROVIDES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO GO THROUGH AND LEARN HOW TO DO A BUSINESS PLAN, A IT WORKS YOU THROUGH THAT PROGRAM, DEMOGRAPHICS NEEDED IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THAT PLAN AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP OVERALL, WHAT IS AN ENTREPRENEUR? WHAT DO THEY NEED TO DO? WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT THEY NEED TO BE CAREFUL OF? SO THOSE TWO PROGRAMS ALONE HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANT FOR US THIS YEAR.

WE'VE ENDED UP IN RECRUITMENT AND EXPANSION, JUST THROWING A LITTLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HERE, NINE PROJECTS.

WELL, WE DIDN'T HIT 4.2 MILLION SQUARE FEET, BUT WE DID TRY 602, UM, BUT 561 JOBS.

WE HAVE NOT ANNOUNCED EVERYTHING YET.

WE STILL HAVE SOME THAT, UH, HAVE NOT ANNOUNCED.

UH, BUT WE HAD A VERY STRONG YEAR THIS YEAR AND OUR PIPELINE IS VERY FULL.

SO TALKING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHEN I SAID, YOU KNOW, AMAZON COMING AND IT WAS KIND OF THE JUST-IN-TIME DELIVERY FOR WHAT WAS HAPPENING WITH COVID BECAUSE I KNEW, UM, THERE WOULD BE OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT WERE OUT OF WORK TO GO TO WORK, UH, IN A, IN A CAREER TYPE, I MEAN, IN A, IN A NEW PROFESSION, A NEW JOB TYPE THAT WOULD OFFER BENEFITS.

AND WITH THE AVERAGE WAGE MINIMUM WAGE AT $15 AN HOUR, THAT MAKES IT AFFORDABLE.

AND, UM, IT WOULD FILL SOME GAPS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

BUT WHEN WE DID THAT, IT KIND OF ROSE THE TIDE IN THE COMMUNITY.

NOW WE'RE HEARING FROM OUR MANUFACTURING FIRMS STRUGGLING, UM, TO NOT ONLY FIND SKILL LATER LABOR, BUT ALSO THE ISSUE WITH HAVING TO RAISE THEIR, UH, ENTRY-LEVEL UM, MINIMUM WAGE AND WORKING WITH THEM HAS BECOME REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT AND CRITICAL.

AND NOW WITH FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM TESLA AND TESLA HQ AND SANSOM 2.0, I'M CALLING IT A LI UM, LURKING AROUND REALLY TAKING CARE OF THOSE SMALLER MANUFACTURERS IS GOING TO BE A REAL SIGNIFICANT ROLE FOR US IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, AND THEN EVERYONE IS EXPENSE EXPERIENCING, UH, SUPPLY CHAINS BEING DISRUPTED.

AND THERE'S REALLY NO SIGN OF THAT ENDING.

AND WITH THE PEOPLE RETIRING AND NOT IN THE WORKFORCE, IT REALLY HAS SHRUNK, UH, THAT POOL OF LABOR FOR SOME OF THE SKILLED WORK AND HOUSING COSTS CONTINUE TO RISE.

SO IN ORDER TO LIVE IN THE AREA, UM, TRYING TO FIND EITHER AFFORDABLE HOUSING OR, UM, TO GET INTO, TO, UH, JOBS THAT PROVIDE BETTER WAGES IS REALLY THE STRUGGLE THAT WE SEE.

AND I THINK WE SEE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT WE HAVE UNDER-SKILLED WORKFORCE THERE AVAILABLE THAT NEEDS TRAINING COURSE.

MY FRIEND TAMAR KNOWS ABOUT THAT.

SO I PICKED UP SOME OF YOUR NUMBERS TO SHARE.

I DID GIVE YOU CREDIT THERE.

UH, 69% OF UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMANTS IN TRAVIS COUNTY HAVE LESS THAN A ASSOCIATES DEGREE.

AND SO THAT KINDA IS A MISMATCH FOR SOME OF THESE JOBS THAT ARE BEING ANNOUNCED.

AND IN FACT, RIGHT NOW WITH THE JOBS THAT ARE BEING ADVERTISED AND POSTED IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT AND COMPUTER MATHEMATICAL OCCUPATIONS, THEY ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND PEOPLE TO FILL THOSE JOBS IN MANY CASES.

SO WHAT ARE OUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE? WELL, WE REALLY FEEL THAT THE PFLUGERVILLE LIBRARY PARTNERSHIP IS REALLY STRONG THAT WE CAN, WE CAN EXTEND THAT.

AND BY USING THAT LIBRARY NETWORK MAY BE ABLE TO PERHAPS FIND MORE ENTREPRENEURS THAT ARE STRUGGLING AND HELP THEM FIND THE ASSISTANCE THEY NEED.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH OUR SMALL BUSINESSES TO BENEFIT, UH, THE THEM WITH FREE UPSKILL TRAINING.

UH, EVEN THEIR EMPLOYEES CAN DO THAT FROM HOME.

IT IS REMOTE.

AND SO IT ALLOWS A LOT OF OPTION.

I MEAN, I ALLOW MY EMPLOYEES TO EVEN TAKE CLASSES ONLINE DURING WORK HOURS.

SO, AND IT, YOU KNOW, JUST TRY TO GET MORE AND MORE COMPANIES AWARE OF WHAT WE HAVE AND WHAT WE CAN DO FOR THEM.

UH, TECHNICAL AND LIBRARY ASSISTANCE, UM, FOR SMALL BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURS IS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE LIBRARY.

WE HAVE REALLY GREAT STAFF THERE.

AND SO WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER ON HOW WE CAN REACH CAPACITY THERE ON, UH, MEETING

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THE NEED FOR OUR SMALL BUSINESSES.

UM, WE ALSO HAVE EXPANDED OUR SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT.

WE HAVE A FULL-TIME PCDC EMPLOYEE THAT WE JUST ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK THAT IS FOCUSED ON LOCAL BUSINESS AND WORKFORCE.

UH, CRYSTAL CONNOLLY IS OUR NEW, UH, BUSINESS RETENTION AND WORKFORCE DIRECTOR.

AND WE'RE VERY EXCITED TO SEE WHERE WE'RE GOING TO GO WITH THAT ENERGY.

UH, WE ARE EXPLORING LOW INTEREST, NO INTEREST LOANS AND CONTINUING THAT WITH BCL.

UM, WE DO PLAN TO DO AN ASSESSMENT OF MICRO BUSINESS NEEDS.

WE DO HOPE TO BE ABLE TO SHOW ETHNICITY IN THAT STUDY AS A PART OF WHAT IS GOING ON.

AND FINALLY, A MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE STUDY IS PLANNED WITH TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION AND WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS, CAPITAL AREA.

SO PARTNERSHIP IS POWER.

ANYTIME YOU WORK WITH YOUR PARTNERS, YOU'RE GOING TO BE BETTER THAN WHEN YOU DON'T AND INCREASING OUR MARKETING SUPPORT FOR FREE SERVICES AND TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS, CAPITAL AREA, AND OTHERS HAS BEEN A MAJOR, UH, UH, CENTER OF OUR CONCENTRATION THIS YEAR.

UM, JUST TRYING TO GET PEOPLE FOUND AND GET THEM TOLD IF THEY CAN LEARN ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO, THEN WE CAN POTENTIALLY GET THEM INVOLVED AND GET THEM TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO HELP THEM.

UH, SO MANY SERVICES ARE FREE, SO MUCH SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE AND JUST TRYING TO MATCH THEM TOGETHER IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE HELPING TO DO.

AND WE'RE WILLING TO DO FOR ANY OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE WORK WITH.

UM, WE ARE BUILDING AWARENESS OF MANUFACTURING CAREERS.

WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT AND DO THAT THROUGH THOSE PARTNERSHIPS WITH TWC WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS AND ACC AND OUR PRIVATE BUSINESSES.

THEY LOVE THE PROGRAM THAT WE JUST DID, AND WE'RE LOOKING TO DO MORE OF THAT AND THEN TO MATCH THE FREE TRAINING AND SUPPORT SERVICES, AS I NOTED, UH, DIRECTLY WITH THOSE THAT NEED THEM AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO THAT IS, WHO THAT SERVER, I AM MENTIONED WITH THAT ALL CLOSE AND TAKE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

IT'S BEEN AN HONOR TALKING TO YOU TODAY AND, UH, I WASN'T SURE WHAT YOU NEEDED WANTED OR ANYTHING, BUT RAUL, THIS IS WHAT I COULD PULL TOGETHER IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME.

I WILL JUST SAY, THIS IS AMAZING.

AND THANK YOU, EMILY AND AMY FOR BEING HERE AND SORT OF SETTING THE STAGE FOR US.

I THINK WE'RE ALL REALLY VERY EXCITED TO HEAR ABOUT WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING IN PFLUGERVILLE AND, AND ALL THE, THE MODELS THAT YOU'VE BEEN SETTING FOR FOR THE ENTIRE REGION.

UM, I TOO AM THRILLED ABOUT THAT LIBRARY PROGRAM.

SO THANK YOU FOR SHARING ALL OF THAT.

UM, BUT YEAH, I, I, IF FOLKS HAVE QUESTIONS FOR OUR GUESTS, WE CAN TAKE THEM NOW OR COMMENTS.

I HOPE I DIDN'T PUT THEM TO SLEEP.

OH, NO, I .

I THINK THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, ONE THING AGAIN, YOU KNOW, THIS IS JUST ONE PARTNER, RIGHT.

AND ONE CITY IN OUR REGION, YOU KNOW, I THINK IN PART OF WHAT THE SUMMIT IS ABOUT IS LEARNING ABOUT THESE INNOVATIVE AND CREATIVE APPROACHES.

RIGHT.

CAUSE THERE WAS A LOT OF CREATIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC, RIGHT.

THAT HAPPENED OUT OF NECESSITY.

AND SO, UM, AND WE GET TO KEEP THAT RIGHT.

IT DOESN'T HAVE TO GO AWAY.

RIGHT.

SO, UM, SO FOR ME, IT'S VERY INSPIRING AND JUST, UH, YOU KNOW, WE HAD A PHONE CONVERSATION AND I GOT REAL EXCITED JUST AGAIN, JUST FROM ONE OF OUR PARTNERS.

RIGHT.

AND THE EFFORTS THEY MADE WORKING WITH OTHER CANNED PARTNERS RIGHT.

AND PRIVATE SECTOR.

UM, SO I REALLY JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE WORK YOU'RE DOING AND SHARING THE STORY BECAUSE I DO THINK IT, UM, THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT, UH, ARE PROBABLY APPLICABLE RIGHT.

IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS.

RIGHT.

AND IN, BY OTHER ENTITIES.

SO THAT'S THE SPIRIT I THINK, OF THE SUMMIT, RIGHT.

IS HOW DO WE KIND OF TAKE SOME OF THESE LEARNINGS AND THEN APPLY THEM ELSEWHERE TO, TO IMPROVE OR ENHANCE IMPACT.

SO, SO THANKS FOR YOUR WORK.

UH, THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

I'M SURE THERE'S MORE QUESTIONS, BUT I D I DID WANT TO MENTION THAT JUST BECAUSE I'M VERY EXCITED TO HAVE YOU ALL HERE AND TO BE A PART OF OUR SUMMIT THIS YEAR IN THE ROLE Y'ALL ARE Y'ALL ARE PLAYING.

THANK YOU.

HEY, SOT.

JIMMY'S HAND UP.

OH, I'M SORRY.

COMMISSIONER.

THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

I JUST WANTED TO CHIP IN IF I COULD, UH, YOU KNOW, WE'RE, WE'RE VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT PCDC IS DOING.

UH, WE ARE, WE ARE PLEASED THAT THEY ARE IN PRECINCT ONE.

UH, WHEN YOU LOOK AT, UH, WHERE PFLUGERVILLE IS, YOU KNOW, YOU, YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE SECOND LARGEST CITY IN, UH, TRAVIS COUNTY.

AND, UM, AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE POSSIBILITY OF SAMSUNG GROWING IN THAT DIRECTION, LOOK AT THE POSSIBILITY OF TESLA EXPANDING AS WELL.

UH, THE QUESTION BECOMES, HOW DO WE BECOME MORE CONNECTED? AND I THINK, UH, AS, AS WE LOOK THROUGH OUR PROCESSES EARLIER,

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UH, AND WE TALKED ABOUT HOW WE CONNECT WITH THEM, YOU'LL SEE A PICKUP DISTRICT WITH, UH, WITH CAB METRO THAT WILL GO FROM BREAKER ALL THE WAY OUT TO WELLS BRANCH.

UH, SO USUALLY WE, WE ARE, WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE CONNECTED.

WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT, UH, WE UNDERSTAND, UM, NOT ONLY TRANSIT NEEDS, BUT OTHER ROAD NEEDS, UM, ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE.

AND WE LOOK AT ALL OF THE HEALTHCARE CLINICAL RESOURCES THAT ARE GROWING IN THE PFLUGERVILLE AREA, UH, UH, WITH NO SMALL PART OF THAT BEING, PCDC BRINGING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER TO TALK ABOUT, UH, WHAT THEY NEED AND HOW WE CAN WORK IN THIS REGION TO PROVIDE IT.

SO, UH, WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THEM AND TO, UH, CONTINUING TO GROW OUR PRECINCT ONE AS WELL.

SO, UM, SO THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING.

AND, UM, I'M SO HAPPY THAT THEY ARE HERE, UH, WORKING WITH THIS GROUP WHO, WHO DOES AN EXCEPTIONAL JOB OF TRYING TO IDENTIFY RESOURCES THAT OFTEN HAVE HISTORICALLY BEEN DENIED DIFFERENT PARTS, UH, TO DIFFERENT PARTS OF THIS COMMUNITY.

AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD, THAT DOESN'T CONTINUE TO HAPPEN.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

I WANT TO JUST REALLY EMPHASIZE, UM, THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SEEING THAT DIVERSITY INCLUSION THING COMING THROUGH IN THE SITE SELECTION PROCESS.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT AS COMMUNITY.

AND IF WE AREN'T GOING TO TALK ABOUT REGIONAL, I THINK IT WOULD EVEN BE AMAZING FOR US TO HAVE, UH, YOU KNOW, A GO-TO DOCUMENT THAT SHOWS SOME OF THE INITIATIVES WE'RE DOING IN DIVERSITY INCLUSION THAT'S AVAILABLE SO THAT WE HAVE ACCESS TO IT READILY.

I MEAN, I PULLED TOGETHER SEVERAL RESOURCES, BUT I THINK WORKING WITH CAN, WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO A MUCH BETTER JOB OF THAT.

AND I REALLY THINK WE HAVE SO MUCH TO OFFER.

AND IF WE, AND THERE'S SO MANY GREAT PROGRAMS GOING ON THERE THAT, YOU KNOW, I'M SURE YOU'VE HEARD OF ACROSS THE REGION, BUT IF WE COULD JUST COLLECT THEM IN ONE PLACE, WOW, ISN'T THAT POWERFUL.

SO, BUT THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND COMMENTS.

AND I JUST WANT TO KEEP WORKING THAT DIRECTION TO TRY TO STAY REGIONAL IN OUR APPROACH AND CERTAINLY WORK ON REFINING WHAT WE DO WELL AND GETTING BETTER AT THINGS THAT WE DON'T JIMMY, THANK YOU.

UM, THE, THE, THE, THE REGIONAL QUESTION, UH, IS SO CRITICAL BECAUSE NEITHER OF THE BUSINESSES, NOR THE EMPLOYEES UNDERSTAND OUR COMPLICATED JURISDICTIONAL LINES, SO IT'S COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT TO THEM.

SO WE HAVE TO